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THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JULY 30 TO AUGUST 1)

Another busy weekend in Montreal! With two major festivals (Osheaga and Divers/Cité) taking place, the city will be buzzing with rock stars and drag queens. It’s the sort of weekend that dreams are made of! We’ve got 10 suggestions to rock it out “à la Montréal” this weekend… —————————————————————————————————————— [music festival] OSHEAGA – Arguably the biggest music event of the year in Montreal, Osheaga is an outdoor, 2-day festival that features the coolest names in music today: Arcade Fire, Weezer, K’naan, The National, Robyn, Snoop Dogg and many more. [lgbt festival] DIVERS/CITÉ – After nearly 20 years of celebrating the best of gay culture, music and art, Divers/Cité has another stellar line up of performers set to seduce the city. Don’t miss ‘Mascara’ – one of the biggest drag events in the world!

HEAVY METAL MONTREAL: BIG NAMES, BIG SOUND

It might seem a bit incongruous to see a post about a heavy metal festival on the Montreal Buzz blog. But in 2008, Heavy Metal MTL attracted some 36,000 head-banging tourists and hard-rocking locals. After a break in 2009, the 2-day fest returns with a vengeance this weekend to prove that Montreal is a city that loves it some metal…

ORCHESTRA IN THE PARKS

If you’re anything like me, when the summer months hit you’ll do anything you can to be outside. Never am I as aware of this problem as when I’m forced to leave a beautiful summer night to go inside to see a show. Bit of a summer night buzzkill. But for 3 nights next week, you can catch the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, FOR FREE, in the park of your choosing…

AFRICAN MUSIC AND DANCE AT FESTIVAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE

Renowned for its colourful atmosphere and quality of programming, Montreal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique presents music and culture from 500 artists originating from more than 30 different countries across Africa, South America and the Caribbean. With more than 50 indoor and outdoor concerts, the festival is the largest North American gathering of major world music artists and a true celebration of Montreal’s multiculturalism. The 24th edition of the Festival also coincides with the 50th anniversary of independance of many African nations, making it a year of festivities to remember. Here are some of the Festival’s highlights :

DIVERS/CITÉ: THE MONTREAL GAY EVENT OF JULY

One of the biggest LGBT parties of the year in Montreal is just around the corner. After nearly 20 years of celebrating the best of gay culture, music and art, Divers/Cité has another stellar line up of performers set to seduce the city from July 26 until August 1. And you, of course, are invited.

MONTREAL GAY LIST: JULY

Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events. Here are some suggestions for the month of July.

JAZZ FESTIVAL INTERVIEW: WAX TAILOR

Before the soundcheck for his Thursday night show at Metropolis, French beatsmith Wax Tailor and I found a quiet corner to have a quick chat about what he has planned for Montreal and what he hopes Montreal has planned for him…

JAZZ FESTIVAL: BASIA BULAT

The entirely enchanting Basia Bulat is one of the Montreal Jazz Fest’s busiest performers. On Friday night she played the first of three performances at the MACM before jumping up on stage during the Plants and Animals show at Metropolis. We met up early Saturday morning after I may or may not have drank a lot of whiskey with members of Plants & Animals and The Besnard Lakes at Casa del Popolo …

LIVE AT THE JAZZ FESTIVAL: EMILIE SIMON

Emilie Simon, the French songstress that is taking the american indie music scene by storm is back in town. Before her Jazz Fest show on Saturday, June 26 as part of the fest’s late night series (show starts at 11:59 PM), I spoke to Emilie Simon, who has a musical background as eclectic and intriguing as her live show …

THE MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: WHERE TO DRINK

The Montreal Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world. Musical giants such as Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown have all captivated crowds since the festival’s debut edition in 1980. Today, more than 2 million people attend the Montreal Jazz Festival yearly. But the Jazz Fest is not just about music – it’s about life’s pleasures. And truth is, there’s nothing like a bit of jazz to awake my yearning for a glass – or two – of lilac wine. As famous saxophonist Steve Lacy once said: “Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it”. Well, the popular Montreal Jazz Festival is now 31 years-old and well above Quebec’s drinking age. Here are some cool places near the festivites to get your sip on!